Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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LIFE WITH OLLIE

By Donna Bourgeois
Rating:
2.8 / 5

LIFE WITH OLLIE by Donna G. Bourgeois tells the story of a woman’s lifelong struggle with her domineering mother, aiming to help empaths cope with...

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HOMOAMERICAN

By Michael Dane
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In HOMOAMERICAN, Michael K. Dane tells the story of his life, including his mother's escape from an abusive household, a career built on showmanship that...

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ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

By Christie Nicholls
Rating:
4.4 / 5

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM is a witty, vivid, well-written series of true stories about growing up, relationships and family.

RAISED IN PIMP CITY: The Uncut Truth About Domestic Human Sex Trafficking

By Armand King
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Part memoir part history, RAISED IN PIMP CITY by Armand King documents the ups and downs of the pimping lifestyle.

NO MORE DODGING BULLETS

By Amy Herrig
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Amy Herrig traces the story of her life from childhood to adult business involvement with The Gas Pipe, her father’s smoke shop retail chain, and...

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IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY?

By Jeremy Gavins
Rating:
4.2 / 5

IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY? is a troubling memoir that rips the bandage off deeply personal wounds to reveal unsettling truths about man’s inhumanity to...

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SOUTHERN CONVERT

By Amelia S. Hussain
Rating:
4.5 / 5

SOUTHERN CONVERT by Amelia S. Hussain is the chronicle of one woman’s journey from Midwest girl to Muslim woman.

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FINE, THANKS: Stories from the Cancerland Jungle

By Mary Dunnewold
Rating:
5.0 / 5

FINE, THANKS: STORIES FROM THE CANCERLAND JUNGLE by Mary Dunnewold is a memoir chronicling one woman’s battle with cancer as well as her eventual victory.

THE BOOK OF JOHN (Not the one in the Bible)

By John Thomas Long
Rating:
1.5 / 5

John T. Long narrates a history of drug and alcohol abuse that spanned most of his adult life. After a stint in rehab, Long developed...

INTO THE WILDERNESS: One Woman’s Extraordinary Journey through Corruption, Lies, and Betrayal

By Karen Marie Dion
Rating:
3.0 / 5

The memoir INTO THE WILDERNESS: One Woman's Extraordinary Journey through Corruption, Lies, and Betrayal by Karen Marie Dion invites readers into a timely tale about...

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ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather

By Carol Gino
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Two writers spend decades asking life’s biggest questions, always with good humor, in ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of...

TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS

By Lorne Christensen
Rating:
3.6 / 5

More than just the autobiography of a pilot whose career spanned 50 years, TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS provides an insider’s account of the rise of...

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